How to do the Scoopy Puck Move

Remember back in 1996 when Mike Legg was playing for Michigan State, went behind the net, scooped the puck up on his stick and put it top shelf?

Fast forward 10 years and Sidney Crosby does a perfect repeat of the Mike Legg goal. The question is, what should we call this move? The Crosby move, the Mike Legg goal, the Michigan move? I say we just break new ground and call it the scoopy puck move! Call it whatever you want, because we are not here to name the move, we are here to teach you how to do it.

The Crosby move is a neat trick to do in practice, a skills competition, or even in a game! What you are doing is scooping the puck up onto the blade of your stick, and then throwing it at the net like a lacosse ball. The key to the Crosby move is to use centrifugal force.

If you don’t know what centrifugal force is, just think of when you spin a bucket of water around and the water stays in. We want to use that same force to stick the puck to the blade of the stick. I have broken down how to do this in five simple steps.

Lay the blade of your stick flat on top of the puck, leave a little bit of the blade hanging off of the back of the puck so you can apply pressure to the back of the puck and get it to tilt up.

Crosby Move

Now that the blade is in the right position you want to pull the puck back quickly but smoothly. Make sure the puck moves with the blade of your stick.

Once you have the puck moving backwards you want to apply pressure to the back of the puck by pressing down on the bottom of the blade. Think of it as pinching the puck.

This motion should get the puck up on the edge. Remember to move your stick with the puck. Throughout the entire move the blade of your stick will always be flat on the puck.

Crosby Move

Now that the puck is on edge you want to push forwards with the blade and begin to scoop the puck up.

Slow your stick down as you scoop the puck up and if done correctly you should now have the puck on the blade of your stick

How To Do the Mike Legg Goal

That’s it! Check out this video if you are still unsure of how to do the move.

Mike Legg Goal / Crosby Move Tutorial

A few more tips

  • Fresh tape helps the blade grip the puck a lot better
  • A bit of wax helps as well
  • If your tape is snowy or wet, it will be almost impossible to do this move
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  1. Reply k2 June 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Mike Legg played for the University of Michigan not Michigan State.

  2. Reply Grant September 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Great article! Could you maybe post an article showing how to do the Malik shootout move where he went between the legs?

  3. Reply Merritt May 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    It’s an awesome move, but let’s not forget the crap that Don Cherry threw all over Crosby once he made it. I think he actually criticized him on HNIC saying that it was hot dog move, or something along those lines, and that the Remparts were going to hurt him for going against “the code”.
    Whatever, it WAS awesome and I think that if you’ve got the skills, use them. The ’05 draft wasn’t called the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes for nothing.

  4. Reply Dallas May 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    i dont get it, i have seen many players do this even in my own league. Crosby didnt invent it. o well nice video i have been trying it and it is working need more practice

  5. Reply Amitab May 13, 2010 at 11:14 am

    Thanks guys! I asked the HowtoHockey guys a month or so ago for a tutorial for this and they listened!!!

  6. Reply Rahul Mehta May 8, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    When I first saw this move I thought it would be impossible to master… boy was i wrong a week and a halfs practice with this vid and now i can pull it off whenever i need to!

    – Thx

    • Reply Jeremy May 11, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      Atta Boy! All it takes is practice (and maybe a good article and video 😀 ) and you can do anything you set your mind to.

  7. Reply Garin Kilpatrick April 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Great tip! I’ve always wanted to know how to do this move and I can’t wait to practice and get it down to an art.

  8. Reply Schoolyard Puck April 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I noticed in the NHL official rules they refer to this as the “lacrosse-like move” (see Rule 25) I like to call it the “glue stick”. Whatever you call this move, it sure is slick.

    • Reply Jeremy April 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

      Wow nice find! Here it is word for word
      The lacrosse-like move whereby the puck is picked up on the blade of the stick and “whipped” into the net shall be permitted provided the puck is not raised above the height of the shoulders at any time and when released, is not carried higher than the crossbar

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